Updated 10/03/2011 01:42 PM
Woman Armed With Two Knives Shot Dead By Police Near Midtown Shelter
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A woman was shot dead by police in Midtown last night after investigators say she refused to drop a pair of knives.
Police say they were called to a shelter on East 45th street around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, where they encountered the armed woman arguing with another woman in front of New Providence Residence, a shelter that houses women suffering from mental illness or addictions.
Officers say they ordered the armed woman to drop the two knives, and when she did not, they shot her multiple times.
She was pronounced dead in Bellevue Hospital.
Sources tell NY1 the woman was Yvonne McNeal, a 57-year-old New Providence resident.
"She never bothered nobody. She never talked to nobody. She stayed all to herself, she'd speak and that was it. So I was surprised that it was her," said one local.
"She never bothered nobody. But she had an argument when I went to the movies. I saw her arguing earlier on 43rd Street with her girlfriend, on the phone," said another local. "And when I came back from the movie theater, she told me that they shot her and everything. So I was like, 'What the hell is going on?'"
Today, people who overheard the shooting spoke to reporters.
"Pretty loud. But I'm not where my room... I thought it was in the back of the hotel," said Maria Andrade, who is staying at the nearby Alex Hotel. "I thought it was pretty close to my hotel room."
"Yesterday I was walking with him, and I overhead shooting sounds, five or six," said Junyh Taneicha, who works at a nearby restaurant. "Somebody said, 'Oh, maybe shooting, shooting, shooting,' and I ran out."
Police recovered the two knives, seen above, at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing at the scene of the shooting.